What does WAEFRD stand for?

When all else fails, read directions

WAEFRD is a playful acronym that stands for ‘when all else fails, read directions’. It’s often used to tease someone who has overlooked clear instructions. It could be shared by someone after they’ve given you guidance that was already available in an instruction manual or user guide.

This slang can also be used when someone figures out a solution to a problem by finally reading the instructions. For instance, if your buddy, Alex, was struggling to turn on his grill, he might text you saying, “Fixed it! Just needed to turn on the gas. WAEFRD.”

In essence, WAEFRD is a fun way of reminding us all that sometimes, the answers we seek are right in front of us, in the form of instructions or guidelines.

Example for using ‘WAEFRD’ in a conversation

Hey, do you know how to set up this new TV?

Lol, did you try reading the manual? WAEFRD! 😜

Haha, I guess I should’ve. Found the step I missed. Thanks! πŸ™Œ

No problem! Always happy to help. Enjoy your new TV! πŸ“Ί